Animal behavior observation

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Animal behavior observation

Observing animal behavior is done in a wide variety of research areas, from fundamental neurosciences to wildlife behavior studies or farm animal welfare studies. Behavior annotation – what used to be a pen & paper job, is now far more than noting down timestamps and an ethogram. Although that is still the basic idea, The Observer XT allows you to do anything from the collection of data and data integration to reliability analysis and presentation.

Solutions for Animal behavior observation

About The Observer XT

The Observer XT is used in over 13,500 publications. This user-friendly software package allows multiple signals (video, audio, physiology, etc) to be synchronized and analyzed together, making it the ideal tool for many researchers.


Customer quote

"The Observer XT is the best software for analysing behavioral data."

Dr. G. Riva|Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of  Milano, Italy


Behavioral annotation made easy

The Observer XT is designed to reduce the amount of work and simplify behavioral coding. The time of each code is recorded automatically and errors are prevented by an on-line check. 

Watch the video to learn more about behavioral annotation. Request a free trial to get to know the software yourself.


Pocket Observer horses tablet

Observe behavior on-the-go

Pocket Observer was designed for ambulatory and outdoor observations. It is a special add-on for live coding that runs on smartphones, handheld computers, tablets, and on rugged devices that are suitable for outdoor use. Even in hostile environments, such as tropical rainforests and deserts, you can count on Pocket Observer. 

The interface of Pocket Observer is especially designed for live behavioral scoring. And just like with The Observer XT, you can add behaviors while you are observing and score continuously as well as instantaneously (at set intervals).


Customer quote

The Observer XT is used in over 13,500 publications. Get your free trial to try it out!


AV recording made easy

Viso or MediaRecorder are ideal software tools for researchers that study animals at different locations (laboratories, stables, in the zoo) or from different angles, and that want to combine these recordings into one video file and with The Observer XT or EthoVision XT projects. 

Noldus software tools have been validated in husbandry and welfare studies, domestic pets studies, and several neuroscience applications.

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Here is a small selection of papers that mention the use of The Observer XT. 

  • Gilbert-Norton, L.B.; Wilson, R.R,.; Shivik, J.A. (2013). The effect of social hierarchy on captive coyote (Canis lantrans) foraging behavior. Ethology, 119, 335-343.
  • Webb, L.E.; Reenen, C.G. van; Jensen, M.B.; Schmitt, O.; Bokkers, E.A.M. (2015). Does temperament affect learning in calves? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.01.013.
  • Wang, X.; Bey, A.L.; Katz, B.M.; Badea, A.; Kim, N.; David, L.K.; Duffney, L.J.; Kumar, S.; Mague, S.D.; Hulbert, S.W.; Dutta, N.; Hayrapetyan, V.; Yu, C.; Gaidis, E.; Zhao, S.; Ding, J-D.; Xu, Q.; Chung, L.; Rodriguiz, R.M.; Wang, F.; Weinberg, R.J.; Wetsel, W.C.; Dzirasa, K.; Yin, H.; Jiang, Y-H. (2016). Altered mGluR5-Homer scaffolds and corticostriatal connectivity in a Shank3 complete knockout model of autism. Nature Communications, Doi: 10.1038/ncomms11459.

Product overview animal behavior

Our portfolio of tools and solutions for animal behavior research

A broad overview of our tools and solutions for the study of animals indoor or outdoor. Learn more about how you can study animal behavior. For example, study farm animals such as cows or chickens in great detail or observe chimpanzees in the zoo.

With 30 years of experience, we translate your questions into practical and proven solutions.

Download the product overview and check out Noldus animal behavior research solutions here.


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